The server of presidency’s freeway building arm–the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) was attacked by a malware Sunday night time, in accordance with officers conscious of the event.
When the malware attacked the e-mail server of the authority, it might have additionally impacted the massive pool of data on highways and confidential info over the previous decade, officers stated. However, NHAI has clarified that the assault was foiled, and no data loss occurred.
“A ransomware attack on NHAI email server took place yesterday night. The attack was foiled by the security system and email servers were shut down from safety point of view. The system has been restored now. No data loss took place. NHAI Data lake and other systems remained unaffected from this attack,” an NHAI spokesperson instructed Hindustan Times.
Ransomware is a sort of cyberattack the place the hacker tries to contaminate a server with a sort of malware that renders customers of the server unable to entry key information. Before he removes the malware and lets customers regain entry to their data and gadgets, the hacker then calls for a ransom.
According to a cyber safety agency Sophos, 82% of Indian organisations had been reportedly hit by ransomware over the past 12 months. “This is not a huge surprise. Cyber-hygiene is generally poor in India, and pirated technology abounds, creating weaknesses in cyber defenses. This makes organisations vulnerable to attack,” it wrote in its report titled ‘The State of Ransomware 2020’. Criminals have efficiently encrypted information in 73% of the assaults and breaches worldwide, the report stated.